Friedrich Durrenmatt Quotes

The difference between humans and wild animals is that humans pray before they commit murder.

Communism is a proposition to structure the world more reasonably a proposition for changing the world. As such we have to analyze it and if we deem it reasonable act upon it.

There are risks which are not acceptable: the destruction of humanity is one of them

To make the essence of man visible in the exposure is the highest art of photography.

Every work of art depicts an aspect of reality.

The savages don't have atom bombs.

Everything that is necessary is also easy. You just have to accept it. And the most necessary the most natural matter on this planet is death.

A major power can afford a military debacle only when it looks like a political victory.

Pretend to be dumb that's the only way to reach old age.

It is bad luck for world history that of all people the Russians adopted Communism because they are totally unfit for it.

You can't take back an act you were able to think.

For people who have no critical acumen a state is a mythical entity for those who think critically it is a rational fiction created by man in order to facilitate human coexistence.

Truth is always a delusion.

Prior to the meeting there was a prayer. In general in the United States there was always praying.

There is also a reasonable tolerance: reason tolerates the reasonable. It is however almost tautological to call this 'tolerance' any longer as it becomes a matter of course.

One does not set fire to a world which is already lost

Then the American flag was saluted. In general in the United States people always salute the American flag.

That there is also freedom in captivity only a prisoner can claim. Coming from a prison guard this statement would be blasphemy.

The only remedy against hunger is reasonable birth control.

Rome has betrayed itself. It knew the truth and chose violence it knew humaneness and it chose tyranny.

Human life is beyond comprehension.

In this country you never pull the emergency brake even when there is an emergency. It is imperative that the trains run on schedule.

Man is imperfect. The reality he creates is always endangered by man.

A state always calls itself fatherland when it is ready for murder.

The world is bad but not without hope. It is only hopeless when you look at it from an ideal viewpoint.

Religion and political expediency go beautifully hand in hand

We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior.

The worst possible turn can not be programmed. It is caused by coincidence.

News reports don't change the world. Only facts change it and those have already happened when we get the news.

Revolutions demand enormous sacrifices and at the same time create a new need to change the world again.

A reasonable change of the world can not be instrumented by pure reason.

The rightful claim to dissent is an existential right of the individual.

It is surely easier to confess a murder over a cup of coffee than in front of a jury.

People like us who are on their last leg can only understand comedies.

Today's Communism can survive only if it abandons the myth of an infallible party if it continues to think and if it becomes democratic.

The content of physics is the concern of physicists its effect the concern of all men.

What concerns everyone can only be resolved by everyone.

A story has been thought to its conclusion when it has taken its worst possible turn.

The art of the cuisine when fully mastered is the one human capability of which only good things can be said.

So then learn to conquer your fear. This is the only art we have to master nowadays: to look at things without fear and to fearlessly do right.

The evolution of humans can not only be seen as the grand total of their wars; it is also defined by the evolution of the human mind and the development of the human consciousness.

It is inhuman to continue a war which could easily be ended

Resistance at all cost is the most senseless act there is.

For a person who is dying only eternity counts.

A world is in flames and you are cracking silly jokes.

We can't afford the wrath of Heaven. We survived a deluge by the skin of our teeth but an economic crisis would be disastrous.

Do we still have the right to be more than victims?

Someone who is about to die does not mourn the dead.

Emotions have no place in business unless you do business with them.

Our science has become terrible our research dangerous our findings deadly. We physicists have to make peace with reality. Reality is not as strong as we are. We will ruin reality.

Only the freedom of mind can prevent the state from becoming totalitarian and from issuing totalitarian demands.

To not be afraid in our world is the message that doesn't derive from reason but maybe from this mysterious capacity given to humans which we call--not without a little embarrassment--faith.

It is easy to kill when you don't see your victim

In a society which is structured the wrong way piety has no effect.

He who confronts the paradoxical exposes himself to reality.

A writer doesn't solve problems. He allows them to emerge.

Who sows fear reaps weapons.

Above all be suspicious of your fatherland. Nobody is more inclined to become a murderer than a fatherland.

A story is not finished until it took the worst turn.

I am a man and God is hiding from us humans. We are unable to see Him we can only search for Him

What the world needs is not redemption from sin but redemption from hunger and oppression; it has no need to pin its hopes upon Heaven it has everything to hope for from this earth.

There is a moment when nothing can be wiped out and left behind any more when there is only reality and reality is horrifying.

World history is tragic.

Humor is the mask of wisdom.

This inhuman world has to become more humane. But how?

The problems of all of humanity can only be solved by all of humanity

Nothing that has been thought can ever be taken back

Without tolerance our world turns into hell.

The freedom of each individual can only be the freedom of all.

It is only in love and murder that we still remain sincere.

There are thoughts we must not think

When death has you by the throat you don't mince words.

The planet on which we live is poorly organized many areas are overpopulated others are reserved for a few technology's potential is only in part realized and most people are starving.

Power is paradoxical.

Whoever is content with the world and who profits from its lack of justice does not want to change it.

Today's difference between Russia and the United States is that in Russia everybody takes everybody else for a spy and in the United States everybody takes everybody else for a criminal.

Humans need justice in the here and now and grace in the thereafter. Justice in the here and now is possible only without freedom and grace in the thereafter only through the freedom of God.